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Readings on Riders

Ideological riders are a constant threat to the budget process.

Big business backers have been sticking up for their corporate special interests by   by pushing to attach policy provisions that they can’t pass through regular order to the must-pass budget package.

And we’ve been sticking up for the public interest in-kind.

Right-wing lawmakers are holding the budget hostage and blaming everyone but themselves for the stalemate– refugees, students, Planned Parenthood, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to name just a few. A few examples of the policy riders being considered are those that would  block money in politics reforms, obstruct regulations meant to prevent the next Wall Street crisis, and attack worker and environmental protections.

So after weeks of debate – including a brief bright spot when the bi-partisan budget framework that lifted the sequester spending caps was announced – we still don’t have a final budget omnibus package. And they’re still threatening a shutdown over these ideological riders.

As lawmakers continue to try to worm riders into the budget appropriations process, Public Citizen and nearly 200 coalition partners have come together to oppose riders in the final budget.

Below are several articles written by coalition partners that speak to the true human cost of just a handful of riders in the final budget deal, the real overarching cost is incalculable.

  • The Hill: November 11, 2015

    Marty Hayden, Earthjustice

These pieces are great, but lawmakers also need to hear from their constituents about their interests. Please sign the petition to demand that your representatives in Congress support a budget deal with no riders.

Keira Thompson is the online advocacy organizer for Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division.